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25th April 2022 to 2nd May 2022

In the footsteps of Roald Amundsen; Crossing the Barents Sea to Svalbard

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In the wake of Amundsen; Crossing the Barents Sea with Alma to Svalbard

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Families, Couples, Individuals, Groups
Difficulty
Novices welcome
Nights onboard
7
Vessel type
52 ft Yacht
Vessel length
52 ft
Skipper
Yes
Insurance Required
Yes

Welcome onboard for a totally unique experience. With a traditional expedition ship, you can cross the Barents Sea, from mainland Norway to Svalbard. The traditional expedition ship is a slightly smaller replica of the expedition ship, Gjøa, of the famous Norwegian polar-explorer Amundsen.

7 nights: 25 April 2022 - 02 May 2022

Price: 29,500 NOK / £2,520 per person*

On this trip you will have the opportunity to arrive at Svalbard in a way that few have done before you now in modern times. With the sailboat as a means of transport, we get close to the natural forces crossing the Barents Sea. Not to mention how we get close to nature and wildlife during the whole crossing and especially for the last days along the coast up to Longyearbyen. We will get wind in our sails, saltwater in our hair and lots of experiences along the way!

 

Day 1: Departure from Tromsø

We meet on board the boat in the harbour in Tromsø center at 14:00. Here you’ll meet the other participants, work on getting to know our home for the coming days and we’ll fill up the boat with the necessary supplies and equipment for the voyage. Life aboard the boat requires cooperation, and before leaving we’ll hold a briefing on safety and how the boat works. Then we set sail, passing the Lyngen Peninsula on our way north. At this time of year the nights are still bright, and if conditions are good, we go straight out into open waters heading for Bear Island.

Day 2-3: Past fishing boats and oil rigs to Bjørnøya

The first part of the Barents Sea is actually quite trafficked, and we’ll usually pass at least a couple of fishing vessels here. It takes approximately two days from the time we leave the mainland until we see land on Bjørnøya, of course depending on the wind and sea. The distance is about 220 nautical miles, and there is a large stretch of open sea, but with abundant wildlife below sea-surface. We hope to see whales, maybe have dolphins follow the boat and the birds are with us all the time. In the evening on the third day we will begin to hear music from the bird colonies on the southern tip of Bjørnøya.

Day 4: Bjørnøya: the misty island in the middle of the sea

There are around 300 days of fog a year here in the middle of the Barents Sea, so the island is not easy to spot. Neither for those who come by sea or flying over, so it will be an interesting view as we approach. If conditions permit, we go ashore, and we will try to catch Barents cod on our secret fishing spots around the island. We will almost anyways find a more or less sheltered bay for anchoring up on one of the sides of the island, depending on the current wind. So we can at least have a rest at anchor

Day 5-6: Second leg; from Bjørnøya to Sørkapp

This next leg is slightly shorter than the leg from the mainland to Bjørnøya, and now we are getting to the remote parts of the ocean! We’ll pass by South Cape around 24 hours after we leave Bjørnøya. We continue up the southwest coast of Spitsbergen towards Bellsund. Where both Van Mijenfjorden and Van Keulenfjorden are cutting in through the raw landscape. Here we find the very characteristic layered Svalbard-mountains divided by glaciers that calf into the fjord! Sometime during the night we’ll find a sheltered and ice-free harbour where we anchor up for a well-deserved rest.

Day 7: Finally on land in Svalbard!

In Bellsund we plan to go ashore and stretch our legs, and we surely find enough driftwood for a bonfire at the beach for breakfast! Maybe we also aim for a small hike to one of the nearby peaks. Further the sail into Isfjorden pas by Isfjord Radio at Kapp Linnè. The old radio station that once was the only communication the Svalbard society had with the outside world, which today is a nice hotel. If time permits, we stop in the Russian settlement Barentsburg, located quite close to the entrance of Isfjorden. A special experience in itself and a time travel back to the Soviet era.

Day 8: Goodbye in Longyearbyen

Very early this morning we cast away from Barentsburg for the last stretch through Isfjorden. We reach Longyearbyen just after breakfast where we pack our stuff and clean ourself out of the boat before the trip ends at 10.00 latest. If you have time we recommend a night or two extra in Longyearbyen to explore this cosy village in the middle of the raw arctic nature! Goodbye for now and thanks for a wonderfull experience!

In Longyearbyen

If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience Longyearbyen in advance of the trip, then we recommend staying an extra day or two before traveling home. It’s always smart to add time for some rest and calmness before and after such a trip, to let the impressions sink in and see what’s happening.

Changes to the program

The program should be seen as a starting point that we adapt to weather and conditions. We also reserve the right to constantly improve our itineraries. On board with us we always have a dinghy for beach landings and small expeditions, we have fishing gear for the cod, and gear to hike or make a bonfires on the beach – we are ready for adventure! Are you?

  • Trip experience with sailboat – experienced and locally familiar skipper/instructor on board
  • Extra crew/Svalbard guide
  • All the food we eat on board during the trip
  • Our Comfort Package which consists of accommodation in a ready made bed with warm and nice duvets and pillows! Shared bathrooms with hot water and showers
  • Use of our shared trip-equipment: dinghy, kayaks, fishing equipment etc.
  • All boat-related expenses such as diesel, gas, harbour fees etc.
  • Personal safety equipment, HH inflatable life vest
  • A shared experience and friendship with like-minded adventurers from around the world
  • A lot of time outdoors – raw and honest nature experiences
  • Advice, guidance and practical training on sailing and boating in general. As an active crew member you will be engaged in, and learn to run a boat.
  • Search and rescue insurance for everyone on board (for Svalbard)
  • An environmentally friendly, sustainable, unique, exotic and exclusive Norwegian adventure holiday.
  • Travels to/from Tromsø/Longyearbyen
  • Optional meals at cafés/restaurants.
  • Entrance to galleries, museums and similar, or other alternative arrangements and activities that you/we may come up with along the way
  • Drinks like wine, beer or high-exclusive apple juice and other luxury (yes, we drink beer and wine on board, bring your own)
  • Travel insurance

Vessel

The vessel is a traditional “jakt”. She was built between 2000 and 2012 by traditional boat-builders, together with youth from various schools in Karmøy, in western Norway. This is a new and modern edition of the traditional wooden sailing vessels that modern Norwegian seafarer traditions are buil on. The vessel is actually a smaller replica of Gjøa, the expedition ship of famous polar explorer Roald Amundsen. The handicraft, woodwork and excellent details on this vessel make being onboard an adventure in of itself!

The vessel is 52 feet long, weighs 45 tons, and is very strong and sturdy! She is well equipped to handle all the weather the Arctic and our Norwegian coast have to offer. This is a boat for the outdoors – ample deckspace offers plenty of room to enjoy the mountain views, the midnight sun, or the northern lights!

Under deck there is plenty of space, with a cozy galley midship and a big salon/orlop that ensures a social experience. Comfort is assured by a water-based central heating system, and the bunks are all comfortable, with warm duvets and pillows.

The boat accommodates 12-13 people:
2-3 in aft Captains Cabin (1 bathroom), 6 in the saloon, and 4 in the front part (2 bathrooms).

Travel – in general

Sometimes we have to fly, but not always. If you have the luxury of time, we always encourage to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. Traveling slowly also gives another start to a holiday. Cycling, taking the train or driving a car together are good alternatives! Feel free to add some extra time before and after, since up in the north weather that can sometimes change your plans…

Travel Tromsø

Getting to or from Tromsø, the fastest option is flying if you are going to the eastern part of Norway, but if you have time to travel slowly we recommend that. Taking Hurtigruten south from Tromsø to Bodø and train from there is one option.

Travel Longyearbyen

Very few row to Longyearbyen, a few more sail, but most fly. Norwegian and SAS fly to Longyearbyen, check out www.norwegian.no or www.sas.no.

Safety and risk – in general

We take safety seriously and on our trips we train on handling different situations that can occur at sea. Onboard the boat and trips, everyone must know what to do in potentially dangerous situations. For us it is important that you as a guest and participant is trained quickly enough to be a participating crew, not a passenger. It contributes to learning, sense of achievement and increased safety for all. This is also why our trips are considered to be sailing courses, you are trained to be one of the crew members on board.
Mountain hikes and alpine/back country trips involves a certain risk, as does sailing. However, we as an operator, and our skippers and guides, do everything we can to minimize the risk in a professional manner. Everyone gains on this and we have no one to lose.

In terms of risk, we sail a safe and sturdy boat that is well equipped for this type of trip. However, all sailing in general, and sailing in arctic regions, involves a certain risk that you must be willing to take.

Feel free to contact us for a chat and guidance about risk.

Level of this trip

Sailing wise, our trips are not difficult, and you are always welcome to join us! We have with us both people who have never sailed before and experienced sailors. However, you must be prepared for everything from no wind to sailing in harsh weather. If you are a beginner, we will try to make you a seaman/woman as soon as possible. If you are experienced you will be given responsibility and greater challenges.

Equipment/packing

In Northern Norway and the Arctic we must be prepared for all seasons, often during a single day. It’s a part of the experience; it’s wild, beautiful and raw – in all aspects, also with regards to weather. Prepare for the contrasts! For us the most important thing is to enjoy the ride and the sailing. Use what you have, borrow if you can, and invest in something new if you must. In good time before departure we will send you a detailed recommended packing list for this trip.

Food and cooking

On our trips everyone contributes to the operation of the boat, so as long as you have not booked one of our trips with a designated chef, all take their turns in the galley during the trip. Skippers and guides assist as much as they can along the way. In advance of the trip, we set up a menu and shop what is needed. We try to offer good menus with healthy and “boat friendly” food. If you have allergies or preferences let us know in the registration form, and we will take that into account. During the trip, we also often sail by a good restaurant or two where we stop and eat. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

What we expect from you

We want you to take part in the routines onboard the sailboat, whether it is sailing, docking, navigating, looking for whales and icebergs, washing up, cooking, clean the boat or contribute in other ways when required. Our trips require a little effort from all participants – and you should be open to contribute and open up a bit socially. We have many different people with us on our trips, and most people go very well together. Our experience is that doing things with others out in nature, and not least do things with new people with different personalities than one might be used to, is what creates the best, most interesting and memorable stories.

Life onboard and accommodation

Life onboard a sailboat is social and pleasant, but for some it can be perceived as quite intimate and crowded, which is important to be prepared for. On our trips everyone participates in the operation of the sailboat and everyone is considered crew. We would like to get to know you well and hope that you will get to know everyone else on the sailboat as soon as possible. It requires some patience, generosity and an open mind to thrive, but the new acquaintances and completely raw nature experiences are quickly what will take your focus as soon as you become comfortable with life at sea.
Accommodation on the boat is part of the fun. The accommodation is generally in shared cabins, some of which have a double bed and some have a bunk bed solution. The distribution is quite a puzzle, but we do believe we are quite good at it. Let us know if you have any special needs or reservations.Any accommodation before and after the trip must be arranged on its own. If you have any doubts about where to stay, we are happy to give you some recommendations.
On the boat we have a lot of heat and a lot of good food, but not always abundance of fresh water.

What kind of people join this trip – and how many are we on board?

Many come alone, some travel as couples, some travel as a group of friends. The common denominator for everyone is that these are fun and committed people you become friends with almost no matter what. Sharing grand experiences creates strong ties! Many people wonder about the age composition of our trips, but that is not so important to us. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old as long as you want to go on a trip and intend to do your part so that you and the rest of the crew will have a good trip together. The number of participants varies from trip to trip. If we get many participants, we will expand with more boats and skippers. On most trips we sail more boats in a fleet, with 7-9 people onboard each boat.

ECO, Environment and sustainability

Both sailing and hiking/alpine/back country trips are environmentally friendly activities and we sail as much as we can and use the engine as little as possible. We encourage crew and participants to travel as environmentally-friendly as possible, and we use local ingredients and resources as far as possible. We also have our own trips where we collect litter and clean ocean trash from beaches.
Philosophically we often say that sailing is an exercise in sustainability; we move with the wind and we have limitations on things like water, diesel, electricity and food. In order to run sustainable – knowledge, patience, agility and hard work are required. The same applies to almost everything you try to do in a sustainable way.

Take an internal flight within Norway to Tromso.

Take an internal flight within Norway from Longyearbyen.

Day 1: Departure from Tromsø

We meet on board the boat in the harbour in Tromsø center at 14:00. Here you’ll meet the other participants, work on getting to know our home for the coming days and we’ll fill up the boat with the necessary supplies and equipment for the voyage. Life aboard the boat requires cooperation, and before leaving we’ll hold a briefing on safety and how the boat works. Then we set sail, passing the Lyngen Peninsula on our way north. At this time of year the nights are still bright, and if conditions are good, we go straight out into open waters heading for Bear Island.

Day 2-3: Past fishing boats and oil rigs to Bjørnøya

The first part of the Barents Sea is actually quite trafficked, and we’ll usually pass at least a couple of fishing vessels here. It takes approximately two days from the time we leave the mainland until we see land on Bjørnøya, of course depending on the wind and sea. The distance is about 220 nautical miles, and there is a large stretch of open sea, but with abundant wildlife below sea-surface. We hope to see whales, maybe have dolphins follow the boat and the birds are with us all the time. In the evening on the third day we will begin to hear music from the bird colonies on the southern tip of Bjørnøya.

Day 4: Bjørnøya: the misty island in the middle of the sea

There are around 300 days of fog a year here in the middle of the Barents Sea, so the island is not easy to spot. Neither for those who come by sea or flying over, so it will be an interesting view as we approach. If conditions permit, we go ashore, and we will try to catch Barents cod on our secret fishing spots around the island. We will almost anyways find a more or less sheltered bay for anchoring up on one of the sides of the island, depending on the current wind. So we can at least have a rest at anchor

Day 5-6: Second leg; from Bjørnøya to Sørkapp

This next leg is slightly shorter than the leg from the mainland to Bjørnøya, and now we are getting to the remote parts of the ocean! We’ll pass by South Cape around 24 hours after we leave Bjørnøya. We continue up the southwest coast of Spitsbergen towards Bellsund. Where both Van Mijenfjorden and Van Keulenfjorden are cutting in through the raw landscape. Here we find the very characteristic layered Svalbard-mountains divided by glaciers that calf into the fjord! Sometime during the night we’ll find a sheltered and ice-free harbour where we anchor up for a well-deserved rest.

Day 7: Finally on land in Svalbard!

In Bellsund we plan to go ashore and stretch our legs, and we surely find enough driftwood for a bonfire at the beach for breakfast! Maybe we also aim for a small hike to one of the nearby peaks. Further the sail into Isfjorden pas by Isfjord Radio at Kapp Linnè. The old radio station that once was the only communication the Svalbard society had with the outside world, which today is a nice hotel. If time permits, we stop in the Russian settlement Barentsburg, located quite close to the entrance of Isfjorden. A special experience in itself and a time travel back to the Soviet era.

Day 8: Goodbye in Longyearbyen

Very early this morning we cast away from Barentsburg for the last stretch through Isfjorden. We reach Longyearbyen just after breakfast where we pack our stuff and clean ourself out of the boat before the trip ends at 10.00 latest. If you have time we recommend a night or two extra in Longyearbyen to explore this cosy village in the middle of the raw arctic nature! Goodbye for now and thanks for a wonderfull experience!

In Longyearbyen

If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience Longyearbyen in advance of the trip, then we recommend staying an extra day or two before traveling home. It’s always smart to add time for some rest and calmness before and after such a trip, to let the impressions sink in and see what’s happening.

Changes to the program

The program should be seen as a starting point that we adapt to weather and conditions. We also reserve the right to constantly improve our itineraries. On board with us we always have a dinghy for beach landings and small expeditions, we have fishing gear for the cod, and gear to hike or make a bonfires on the beach – we are ready for adventure! Are you?

Sailing boots

Trainers/ deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)

Waterproof sailing kit (two sets are recommended. Heavy gear for on-board and lighter kit for trips ashore)

Hat

Balaklava

Sailing gloves – 2 sets

Glove liners

Hand warmers

Hot water bottle

Clothes for on-board and on shore

A small backpack for trips on-shore (30-40 litres)

A water bottle

Thermals, two sets

Thick socks, two sets

Sun glasses (polarized)

Sun cream – SPF50+

Small quick dry towel

Swimming kit

USB cord to charge your phone

Cash

Warm sleeping bag

Head torch

Sailing knife

Passport

Printed out Insurance details

Any medication you require

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